Memory

Memory

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
A sickly French child invents a make-believe older brother, only to learn from a family friend that he did, in fact, have an older half-brother who was killed in a concentration camp during World War Two, a fact which leads to darker family secrets.

Blackwell North Amer
Twenty years after his mother and father jumped to their deaths from a balcony, Philippe Grimbert has written a gripping novel about the hidden memories that dominated their lives.
Memory is the story of a family haunted by the secret of their past: an illicit love affair, a lost child, and a devastating betrayal dating back to the Second World War.
Growing up in postwar Paris as the sickly only child of glamorous athletic parents, the narrator invents for himself a make-believe older brother, stronger and more brilliant than he can ever be. It is only when the boy begins talking to an old family friend that he comes to realize that his imaginary sibling had a real predecessor: a half brother whose death in the concentration camps is part of a buried family secret that he was intended never to uncover.

Baker
& Taylor

A translation of an award-winning European best-seller follows the efforts of psychoanalyst Grimbert to uncover and understand secrets that haunted his suicide-victim parents, from a lost child and a passionate love affair to a betrayal that was overshadowed by World War II. 35,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
Twenty years after his mother and father jumped to their deaths from a balcony, Philippe Grimbert has written a gripping novel about the hidden memories that dominated their lives.

A colossal bestseller in Europe, Memory is the story of a family haunted by the secret of their past: an illicit love affair, a lost child, and a devastating betrayal dating back to the Second World War.

The day after my fifteenth birthday, I finally learned what I had always known....

Growing up in postwar Paris as the sickly only child of glamorous athletic parents, the narrator invents for himself a make-believe older brother, stronger and more brilliant than he can ever be. It is only when the boy begins talking to an old family friend that he comes to realize that his imaginary sibling had a real predecessor: a half brother whose death in the concentration camps is part of a buried family secret that he was intended never to uncover.

A spare, erotic, and ultimately cathartic narrative, Memory is a mesmerizing tale of coming to terms with one's shameful past through the unraveling of a series of dark desires.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster ed
ISBN: 9781416559993
141655999X
Characteristics: 152 p. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: McLean, Polly

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